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Teen accused of killing two Kentucky high school students in court

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Gabe Parker sits in Marshall County Circuit Court on Monday. (WSMV) Gabe Parker sits in Marshall County Circuit Court on Monday. (WSMV)
BENTON, KY (WSMV) -

Gabe Parker showed no emotion as he sat, handcuffed, in court on Monday. He appeared for a public hearing to determine whether he will be tried as a juvenile or an adult in an upcoming trial. 

The teenager accused of killing two 15-year-old students inside Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., made his first public appearance in court on Monday.

As for the parents that packed the room, many were crying before the hearing even began.


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Parker, 15, charged with two counts of murder and 14 counts of first-degree assault, appeared in Marshall County Circuit Court for the first time.

The defense attorney argued the case should be sent back to juvenile court for reconsideration. He said the judge rushed to judgment in transferring the case to have Parker tried as an adult.

Prosecutors said the case should be in adult court and that the transfer was handled correctly.

Parker had been in the juvenile court system, which is closed to the public, until his indictment on Feb. 16. He is being held at a juvenile facility in Paducah, Ky. 

The judge will make a decision sometime in the next few weeks.

Parker was taken into custody shortly after the Jan. 23 shooting inside the school.

Bailey Holt and Preston Cope, both 15, died as a result of the shooting.

Fourteen other students were shot and seven injured trying to leave the school.

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